Queensland Vegetation Management Bill 2016

One of our previous news entries reported on the rapid escalation of clearing across QLD, largely as a consequence of amendments by the former LNP government to legislation which protected native vegetation. Moves are now underway to address this with the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Bill 2016 being introduced into parliament in Queensland on the 17th March 2016.  This bill proposes to reinstate Queensland vegetation clearing laws that were altered by the previous amendments. Some of the proposed changes include: The reintroduction of the High Value Regrowth (Category C) layer introduced on the 14 November 2013 in the…

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Launch of new National Standards for Ecological Restoration – 15th March 2016

For the past 3 years Ecosure Principal Restoration Ecologist, Jen Ford, has been assisting the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) to develop the National Standards for Ecological Restoration. The standards provide a blueprint of principles, methods and steps required to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate a wide spectrum of restoration projects to increase their likelihood of success. Jen’s involvement with the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators, and her position on the Board of SERA, placed her among a group of restoration ecology experts from thirteen organisations consulted as advisors and contributors to the standards. With the recent finalisation of…

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Valentines day undie run for Neurofibromatsis

Ecosure is proud to support Katrina Sinclair at the Gold Coast Cupid’s Undie Run this Valentines Day, to raise awareness and funds for Neurofibromatsis (NF) and the Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia. Katrina, who is married to Ecosure Senior Botanist Geoff Sinclair, was born with NF, a genetic condition which causes tumors to form on the body, sometimes with debilitating consequences. Tumors can result in disfigurations, extreme nerve pain and difficulty with learning and social skills. Over 100 babies are born with NF in Australia every year. On Sunday 14th February Katrina will be running through Burleigh Heads in red undies to support the cause.…

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Congratulations to our recently promoted team members!

Ecosure is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Jess Bracks to the role of Principal Wildlife Biologist, and Dr Elvira Lanham to the role of Principal Ecologist. Elvira has been involved in ecological consultancy and research for the past 20 years. Prior to becoming a consultant, Elvira worked as a researcher and field ecologist in South Australia and the USA. She has also lectured and tutored in conservation biology and statistics at Flinders University. Jessica is a Wildlife Biologist with more than ten years experience surveying and handling wildlife with positions in the veterinary, zoo and consulting industries. Last year Jess won the…

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Planned reforms to reduce tree clearing rates

The Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS) was released on Saturday 28 November 2015. This study, prepared by the state Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, monitors Queensland’s forests and woodlands to determine the extent of clearing. This most recent study identified that the rate of vegetation clearing in Queensland doubled between 2012 and 2014, most likely as a result of changes in vegetation clearing laws introduced by the Newman Government in 2011.  Statewide, the area of clearing increased by a staggering 73% between 2011-12 and 2012-13. This rate continued to climb between 2013 and 2014 and reached nearly…

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From pet fish to pest fish!

Last weekend Brisbane City Council held a pest fish education event encouraging families, anglers and members of the public to bring along their fishing rods and fish for pest species at The Lake Parklands, Forest Lake. As well as removing pest fish such as tilapia from the lake, the event aimed to inform the public about the number and variety of exotic fish species living in the regions waterways, the impact they have on the environment and how they frequently come to be there (i.e. pet fish owners releasing their exotic aquarium fish into waterways). Ecosure Senior Ecologists Chris Pietsch (aquatic) and…

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